I may be a bit prejudiced, but I believe that
there are no smarter people in the world than family
and grandparent caregivers. Who else in a moment's
notice can transform from loving spouse, daughter,
son, grandchild, grandparent to dietitian,
therapist, insurance specialist, chauffer,
psychologist, pharmacist and incontinence expert?
The challenge is that we are asked to do so in
the blink of an eye or when the phone call that
comes in the middle of the night telling us that
something is amiss with our loved one.
Unfortunately, that can lead to our being subject to
"mal-information." In other words, the information
we have about vital topics of interest are not only
wrong, but wrong and bad. These include
hospice, homecare, clinical trials, respite,
financial solutions such as reverse mortgages and
the many different usages of the phrase: long-term
According to our friends at Medicare.gov,
long-term care is a variety of services that
includes medical and non-medical care to people who
have a chronic illness or disability. And this year
that is about nine million men and women over the
age of 65 who will need long-term care although
long-term care can be necessary at any age. Yet,
long-term care also refers to the appropriate
planning necessary for such healthcare issues as
well as to an important insurance option that helps
pay for the financial challenges of caring for a
senior loved one in need.
So, not only do we immediately need to become
active members of our loved one’s care team, but we
also need to learn about new terms, tools and
techniques that the other members of the team have
long known about in their years as healthcare
This holiday season, take some time with your
family members to review the information, support
and advice offered by healthcare professionals and
(as important) your fellow caregivers in the
Long Term Care Channel.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.